Wellness and Prevention Health Reform Digest/ Nov 14

Today’s News (11/14/17) 
  • There are four weeks left in the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period.  The Kaiser Family Foundation released a new analysis estimating the number of people who can get coverage for no cost this year – 4.5 million. An even larger number, 5.8 million, can find coverage for less than the cost of the penalty. These are the first estimates we’ve had of the number of people who can get these low cost plans. Please use the hashtag #getcovered and continue to spread the word that people can enroll on healthcare.gov. Get America Covered has put together city specific graphics.
  • Alex Azar has been nominated to be the next secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Azar served as a top HHS official under President George W. Bush and was more recently president of Lilly USA. No word yet on when a confirmation hearing will be scheduled.
 Action Requested
  • The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors is circulating an organizational sign-on letter to House and Senate Labor/HHS appropriations subcommittee chairs and ranking members “to thank Congressional committees for their “continued support for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the FY 2018 appropriations process, specifically the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.” Members are urged to continue support through the conference committee by providing the higher program levels from either the House or Senate bills.  To sign on.
  • The Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Congressional Black Caucus, and Congressional Hispanic Caucus (collectively known as the Tri-Caucus) are circulating a Member-level sign-on letter  supporting full FY18 funding for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program, zeroed out in both the House and Senate Appropriations bills (deadline, tomorrow), so still time to urge members of Congress to sign on.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Public Health Association and other public health and medical organizations are circulating this letter to Congress urging action on common-sense comprehensive gun violence prevention legislation. To sign on (deadline, Wednesday).
  • Research!America is hosting its annual Public Health Thank You Day (PHTYD) on Monday, November 20th, to “celebrate the critical role public health professionals play in advancing health in the United States and around the world.”  It is asking for support from organizations and institutions. They are asking for partner organizations and institutions to lend their names.  To add your organization’s name.
      Upcoming Events 
     Sign On Documents and Opportunities for Input
  • CSPI has issued an action alert in opposition to the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), which recently passed the House and is up for consideration in Senate committee.  “The RAA could undermine all laws that establish health, safety, and other safeguards. Rather than choose the best health and safety protections, agencies would have to choose the cheapest option.”
  • The National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA) is asking organizations to sign a pledge to have healthy meetings, conferences, and events.  To assist organizations, NANA has developed a Healthy Meeting Toolkit. (no deadline)
     Regulatory Comments
  • The Environmental Protection Agency has published its Clean Power Plan repeal proposal in the Federal Register.  To submit comments. (deadline, December 15th)
  • The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has established a public docket to solicit suggestions, recommendations, and comments from interested parties on questions relevant to FDA’s newly established Opioid Policy Steering Committee. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb also posted a blog highlighting steps FDA is taking to stem the tide of opioid misuse. (deadline, December 28th)
     Funding Opportunities and Awards
  • Innovation Next, a partnership between the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy and global design company IDEO, is accepting applications for innovation teams to participate in their six month accelerator program to address teen pregnancy prevention. For more information and to apply.(deadline, today)
  • The Collaborative on Health Reform and Independent Living has announced a new 2018-2019 postdoctoral program in disability policy research. It is “seeking qualified candidates who are interested in developing research on people with disabilities to influence policies, opportunities, and outcomes for this community.” Each fellow will be hired as a research associate at the Washington State University (WSU) Department of Health Policy and Administration.
  • Public Health Institute is accepting applications for the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health from teams in the Appalachian and Mid-regions of the United States. “For communities that are engaging in cross-sector work to improve the public health, this is an opportunity to boost your team’s capacity and skills through a community leadership process.” (deadline, January 12th)
Upcoming Events
Achieving Health Equity for All
Sponsored by the Forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Health (C-CAB)
Tuesday, November 14th
National Academy of Sciences Building  
2101 Constitution Ave., N.W.
Marijuana and Our Health: What We Do and Don’t Know
Sponsored by Dialogue4Health
Tuesday, November 14, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. (EDT) – webinar
Implementing a Culture of Health among Delaware’s Probation Population
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, November 15, Noon (EST) – webinar
From Discovery to Delivery: Research at Work/COPD
Sponsored by Research!America
Wednesday, November 15th, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building
For more information and to register {the briefing will immediately be followed by the interactive, Walk in My Shoes Challenge – concluding at 2:30 p.m.}
Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities
Sponsored by America Walks
Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
My Healthy Weight Initiative Launch
Sponsored by the Bipartisan Policy Center
Wednesday, November 15th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
1225 Eye Street NW, Suite 1000
Medication-Assisted Treatment as a Frontline Response to the National Opioid Epidemic
Sponsored by the Collaborative for Effective Prescription Opioid Policies and Advocates for Opioid Recovery
Wednesday, November 15th, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC 200.
Determining Caregiver Needs and Well-Being
Sponsored by the State University of New York at Albany
Thursday, November 16th, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. (EST) – webinar
Who’s Leading the Leading Health Indicators?: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity 
Thursday, November 16th, Noon – 1:00 p.m. (EST) – webinar
Big Cities Health Inventory
Sponsored by the Big Cities Health Coalition
Thursday, November 16th, 1:00 p.m. (EST)- webinar
Cooking up Change
Sponsored by Healthy Schools Campaign
Thursday, November 16th, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. (CST)
Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago, IL
Young in the City: Addressing the Sexual, Reproductive, and Maternal Health of Urban Adolescents and Youth
Sponsored by the Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative
Monday, November 20th, 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
5th Floor Conference Room, Wilson Center
Immigration as a Social Determinant of Health
Sponsored by the Roundtable on the Promotion of Health Equity
Tuesday, November 28th
Oakland, California
Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health
Sponsored by the Illinois Public Health Institute, Michigan Public Health Institute, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and Health Policy Institute of Ohio
November 29th – December 1st
Westin Michigan Avenue – Chicago, IL
Injury Prevention in The Midwest: Our Goal is Zero
2017 Midwest Injury Prevention Alliance Summit
November 30th – December 1st
Bloomington, MN
10th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health 
Co-sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and AcademyHealth
December 4th – 6th
Washington, DC
Health Literacy in Diverse Communities: Why Partnerships Matter
December 5th
National Conference Center, East Windsor, NJ
Housing for Health: Cross-Sector Impacts of Supportive Housing for Homeless High Users of Health Care
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 6th, Noon (EST) – webinar

For more information and to register

Exploring Tax Policy to Advance Population Health, Health Equity, and Economic Prosperity
Sponsored by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Thursday, December 7th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The California Endowment – Oakland Conference Center
2000 Franklin Street, Oakland, CA
Integrating Behavioral Health with TANF to Build a Culture of Health
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, December 20th, Noon (EST) – webinar
Improving Population and Clinical Health with Integrated Services and Decision Support
Sponsored by the Systems for Action National Program Office
Wednesday, January 10th, Noon (EST) – webinar
2018 AMCHP Annual Conference
Sponsored by the Association of Maternal And Child Health Programs
February 10th – 13th
Crystal City, VA
Active Living Research Conference
Sponsored by Active Living Research, Alberta Centre for Active Living, and Elsevier
February 11th – 14th
Banff, Canada
Agents of Change Summit
February 12th and 13th
San Diego, CA
28th Annual Art and Science of Health Promotion Conference
March 26th – 30th
San Diego, CA
{save the date} Announcing Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets
Sponsored by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Transportation for America’s Arts & Culture Team
April 3rd – 4th
Nashville Music City Center, Nashville, TN
Registration opens in September
2018 Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions
Sponsored by the Society of Behavioral Medicine
April 11th – 14th
New Orleans, LA
SYNChronicity Conference
Sponsored by HealthHIV
April 22nd – 24th
Arlington, VA
Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
Sponsored by the National Association for Health and Fitness
May 2018
NNPHI Annual Conference and Workforce Development Forum
Sponsored by the National Network of Public Health Institutes
May 22nd – 24th
New Orleans, LA
Preventive Medicine 2018
Sponsored by the American College of Preventive Medicine
May 22nd – 25th
Sheraton Grand Chicago, Chicago, IL
2018 National School-Based Health Care Convention
Sponsored by the School-Based Health Alliance
June 24th – 27th
JW Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

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